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CMOHS.org - Lance Corporal JIMENEZ, JOSE FRANCISCO, U.S. Marine Corps

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JIMENEZ, JOSE FRANCISCO

Rank: Lance Corporal
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
Company: Company K, 3d Battalion
Division: 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Born: 20 March 1946, Mexico City, Mex.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Phoenix, Ariz.
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Place / Date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 28 August 1969
 
 


JIMENEZ, JOSE FRANCISCO Photo
 
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader with Company K, in operations against the enemy. L/Cpl. Jimenez' unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese soldiers concealed in well camouflaged emplacements. L/Cpl. Jimenez reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an antiaircraft weapon. Shouting encouragement to his companions, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within 10 feet of hostile soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued to press forward. As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. L/Cpl. Jimenez' indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.